China’s pathway towards ultra-low energy buildings

Technical officers and city practitioners involved in the C40 South African Buildings Programme took to Beijing to learn about the efforts of China's C40 Cities on their journey to ultra-low energy buildings.

 Delegates from South African cities attended the launch of C40 China Climate Action Plan (CAP) Regional Academy and the C40 New Building Efficiency Network that took place in Beijing from 2-4 April 2019. The C40 China Buildings Programme was launched in September 2018 and the four Cities of Beijing, Fuzhou, Qingdao and Shanghai committed to rapidly reduce emissions from existing buildings, ensure new buildings reach ultra-low energy consumption standards and promote buildings to become low carbon energy consumers. Similarly, the four South African Cities of Cape Town, eThekwini (Durban), Johannesburg and Tshwane have committed to accelerate the development and implementation of transformational energy efficiency policies and programmes for new buildings in South African cities.